Giant viruses blur clear line between life-forms

Originally posted on Vaniceseasonal's Blog:
Thanks:SHOJI KODAMA, Nikkei senior staff writer April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST Pithovirus is over 10 times larger than the influenza virus and rivals the size of some bacteria. (Courtesy of Chantal Abergel, IGS, CNRS-AMU) TOKYO — Giant viruses discovered over the past decade are redefining the notion of…

Giant viruses blur clear line between life-forms

Thanks:SHOJI KODAMA, Nikkei senior staff writer April 17, 2014 12:00 am JST Pithovirus is over 10 times larger than the influenza virus and rivals the size of some bacteria. (Courtesy of Chantal Abergel, IGS, CNRS-AMU) TOKYO — Giant viruses discovered over the past decade are redefining the notion of life.      The latest giant…

The sower…

Originally posted on valeriu dg barbu:
  trilingual text: english, italian and romanian The one that cut the umbilical cord of the Man Sky, The one who embroiled the mirrors, with the purpose of making him look flaunty, The one that plucked the heart of the Earth and put it on the weighing machine, The one…

NOW IT’S REALLY SPRING: CHERRY BLOSSOMS ARE AT THEIR PEAK (PHOTOS)

Thanks;Jonathan Ernst/Reuters The famed cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin in Washington on April. The capital’s display of renowned cherry trees started as a gift from Japan 102 years ago. The Washington Monument can be seen from under some of the famed cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin. Darlene Yarrington of Fredericksburg, Virginia, has her…

The number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon passes the 1 million mark

Thanks;UNHCR news News Stories, 3 April 2014 Syrian mother gives water to her A Syrian mother gives water to her son in Lebanon, who is desperately ill with cancer. The influx of so many refugees has severely stretched health services.son in Lebanon, who is desperately ill with cancer. The influx of so many refugees has…